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Prince Frederick Church – Plantersville, South Carolina


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The Prince Frederick’s Episcopal Church ruins can be found near Plantersville in Georgetown County. The church was named in honor of Prince Frederick of Wales, the son of King George II. Construction was completed in 1876, and the church became a focal point of religious life for early Pee Dee settlers. Today, this tower and facade are all that remain.

BJ Thurman of Conway, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

As the rice economy declined in Georgetown, Prince Federick’s parishioners moved away to larger cities to find work. The church was abandoned, and time took its toll on the structure. Its remaining buttresses and pinnacles are examples of Gothic style architecture typically used during the 19th century. The ruins and churchyard were listed in the National Historic Register in 1974.

The rest of the church was declared hazardous and dismantled in 1966. However, its historic ruins and 19th century graveyard – where renowned local rice planters Hayne Allston, Plowden Weston, and William Sparkman are buried – make it worth a visit.

Special thanks to BJ Thurman who took this picture on the way back from visiting Dirleton Plantation and the Samworth Wildlife Management Area in August 2009.

See a historical picture of Prince Frederick’s before it was partially torn down.

Learn more about the rise and fall of rice plantations at the Georgetown Rice Museum.

Prince Frederick Church Info


Address: Plantersville Road at Jackson Village Road, Plantersville, SC 29440

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5 Comments about Prince Frederick Church

Mary WallaceNo Gravatar says:
September 18th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Is there a cemetery associated with this church? Does anyone know where a John Turbeville, d. 1783 in SC, would be buried? The History of Williamsburg lists John and his wife as being in a group of organizers of this church. I’m thinking the original church was not so fancy.

Mary O'Pry MooneNo Gravatar says:
September 2nd, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I am researching my Dad’s family, my first Grandad who came to this country arrived in the early 1700s and his name was Richard O’Pry. He was given 150 acres by King George II; this land was in the Parish of Prince Frederick in Craven County. I was wondering if anyone would have any information about the land grants or where I can look to find more information about families during this time? Thanks. I can be reached through my email: tmoone@centurylink.net

VernardNo Gravatar says:
August 24th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I grew up about 3 miles from this location and it’s still a mystery to me. I’ve been in TX for the past 29 yrs but get to visit at least 2-3 times a year. My mom is 85 and still lives in the area. She remembers playing on Arundel Plantation where her grandmother lived.

ASWNo Gravatar says:
October 15th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

It is ‘Beautiful’….especially at night with lights shining on its facade.

arielNo Gravatar says:
March 25th, 2011 at 10:16 am

Beautiful

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